Dental Exams and Check-Ups

How Important is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontal disease if it is not removed. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.

Why Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.

How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.

What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam?

At Stamm Dental you will receive a very thorough dental report of findings. Since our doctors are so passionate about continuing education and very knowledgeable, they will look at everything in order to help you unlock your true potential. This includes a report of findings of your periodontal health (gums and bone), and we will also check for signs of decay or breakdown of any existing restorations.  We will do an oral cancer evaluation, and a functional evaluation that consists of looking at your TMJ health and your bite. We also believe that your overall health is important and so we will look at your airway and give dietary suggestions if wanted. Dr. Heather Stamm has a bachelor’s in nutritional science and Dr. Kai Kawasugi has an advanced knowledge and passion about physical fitness, so that they can help your health in so many ways.   The entire team at Stamm Dental also knows about the power of a smile and will do a smile enhancing consultation as well. You deserve to know all that is possible for your oral health and smile, and what it can take to unlock your true potential!

How Can You Prepare For a Dental Exam?

The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment. Our team will be cleaning your teeth for you, but it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas. You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health! Lastly, be prepared to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental exam.